2014 Concert Preview: Jazz Port Townsend Friday Night

Washington’s longest-running summer jazz festival returns to Port Townsend with an amazing collection of mainstage performances curated by Jazz Port Townsend Artistic Director John Clayton.

Friday Evening Jazz Port Townsend
July 25, 2014
7:30 p.m. – McCurdy Pavilion – Fort Worden State Park
Tickets: $45, $32 and $23
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The Jensen Sisters
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet, Christine Jensen, alto, Geoffrey Keezer, piano, Martin Wind, bass, Jon Wikan, drums

New York-based Ingrid Jensen is a trumpeter known for her original work as a composer, bandleader and distinguished member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra. She has been hailed by jazz great, Marian McPartland for her ability to play “with all the fire and brilliance of a virtuoso.” Montreal-based Christine Jensen has been described as, “one of Canada’s most compelling composers.” She is a saxophonist known for her multifaceted compositions and orchestrations and has won Juno and Opus Awards in recognition of her work.  Born in Nanaimo, BC, Ingrid and Christine have played together all over the world – “There’s definitely yin and yang in our approach,” Christine says. “But we come from the same place, we grew up together, and there’s a spiritual part of our playing, so we’re able to connect like no one else can.”

Wycliffe Gordon and Friends
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, Terell Stafford, trumpet, Jeff Clayton, alto, Benny Green, piano, John Clayton, bass, Jeff Hamilton, drums

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon has an unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, have solidified Gordon a place in musical history as one of the top trombonists of his generation. Wycliffe is consistently named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll. In this set, he’ll be joined by the Clayton Brothers Band and the inimitable Benny Green.

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